Boone County Courthouse
Boone County Courthouse

Boone County grand jury indicts two in Columbia fraternity hazing case

Boone County Courthouse
Boone County Courthouse

Two former fraternity members at Mizzou in Columbia have been indicted for felony hazing, involving that October incident that left Danny Santulli blind and unable to walk.

A Boone County grand jury has indicted Thomas Shultz of Chesterfield and Ryan Delanty of Ballwin on the class D felony of hazing-life endangerment. Shultz has also been indicted for felony tampering with physical evidence.

Arraignment dates have not been set for the two suspects, at this time.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” aired video from the October night in Columbia earlier this month, which showed blindfolded pledges being led downstairs. The “St. Louis Post-Dispatch” reports the Santulli family’s civil lawsuit alleged that Santulli was “repeatedly ordered the clean the (numerous fraternity) brothers’ rooms and bring food, alcohol and marijuana to them at all hours of the night.”

Santulli’s family tells GMA that he’ll need care for life due to a severe brain injury.

Boone County interim prosecutor Nick Komoroski released a statement earlier this month, before the charges were filed. He said that the office will seek justice in this case based on the evidence and Missouri law. Mr. Komoroski says his office takes allegations of hazing very seriously, adding that they “are terribly saddened by the injuries sustained by Danny Santulli.”

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